Creatubbles: Designed with Kids in Mind

By | 2016-12-09T08:35:18+00:00 July 14th, 2015|

Have you ever found yourself wishing there was a social media tool designed specifically for students that you could use safely in the classroom (without jumping through a bunch of hoops) AND that could be used for a variety of instructional purposes?  If so, we’ve found a solution that might help!  Creatubbles is an online social media tool designed with kids in mind right from the start.

When I first spoke with Paul Greenberg, the co-founder of Creatubbles, my mind began swimming with all the possibilities for using this simple and elegant tool in our classrooms.  At first glance, it almost feels like a cross between Pinterest (with a grid layout) and Facebook (you can “like” a piece of artwork with bubbles).  But then I also noticed that each bubble you place on someone’s work that you like can have a comment attached, and each artwork upload can have an artist statement attached – either through writing OR via audio.  So it almost reminded me a bit of Artsonia or Three Ring.

In the end, I think what’s great about this tech tool is that it’s a curation, creation and reflection tool using art as a medium for all three.  And since it was designed for use by children, it’s extremely easy to use.  My 5-year old daughter figured out how to upload, comment, and share artwork within 5 minutes.  Yet, the gallery features and the artists statement capabilities engage even the most sophisticated user.

In today’s EducationCloset On-Demand episode, I’m taking you on a tour of Creatubbles functionalities and giving you some ideas for ways you can use this as a tool in your arts integration and art education classes.

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So what did you think?  Is your mind swimming like mine was?  Since it’s summer, why not try out the platform and play with some of its features.  After all – it’s free and could provide you with the resource you need for your next lesson, unit, or even back-to-school arts night.

I’d love to hear from you: how would you envision using this arts-based social media tool?  Let’s brainstorm some possibilities together!

About the Author:

Susan Riley is the founder and President of She focuses on teacher professional development in arts integration, Common Core State Standards, 21st century learning skills, and technology. She is also a published author and frequent presenter at national conferences on Arts Integration and Arts and the Common Core.

Susan holds a Bachelor of Music degree in Music Education from the prestigious Westminster Choir College in Princeton, NJ and a Master of Science in Education Administration from McDaniel College in Westminster, MD. She lives in Westminster, MD with her husband and daughter.

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